AI return on investment

Discussion in 'Civ5 - General Discussions' started by I was NC, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. I was NC

    I was NC Chieftain

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    To paraphrase certain TV ads, I needed cash now (had to buy a warrior). The game was on turn 36 and the only known other civ was Arabia, who was neutral towards me. I offered 1 gold/turn in exchange for 25 up front, and he countered with 22. Since that was still enough I took it.

    Later I pulled up a spreadsheet and ran the numbers. Using a simple internal rate of return calculation, Harun's loan/investment in me yielded 2.1%, which is not that great in real-world terms. Plus that presumes we don't go to war in the next 30 turns.

    A friendly AI might even accept a better deal (not sure). Regardless it seems like a worthwhile trade if your future cash flow can sustain it.

    Just a random thought, others may have already analyzed this far more already.
     
  2. Paszczak

    Paszczak Warlord

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    Well, for some reason AI values gold per turn higher than flat amount, so they are happy to pay 240:c5gold: for a Luxury but will only offer 7:c5gold:/turn (210:c5gold: total) if not friends :crazyeye:.

    As for the loan thing, a common exploit is to trade all your gpt and luxuries for AI's gold one turn before Declaration of Friendship expires and then declare war on the next turn. You get all their gold and they get nothing. :lol:
     
  3. Chum

    Chum King

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    If they offer 7/turn, you can bump it to 8 and they'll take it.
     
  4. Fluffball

    Fluffball Prince

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    Since when?

    Even with DoF they only seem to want to give me 7gpt...noticed this when i had a DoF but they didn't have the gold to pay a lump sum so tried it with someone who had the gold incase they weren't really friends and they offered me 240 lump sum but only 7gpt.

    Things get even messier when you ask for a lump sum and some gpt...
     
  5. Chum

    Chum King

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    8 gpt is standard for a lux at neutral or better. Dunno what game you're playing.

    5gpt if they're not really thrilled with you, 3 if they're ready for war. They do try to lowball you from time to time, but they always stick to the above formulae.
     
  6. Sagax

    Sagax Emperor

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    Weird, because in my games AI never accepts 8gpt even with DoF. The most I can get out of them is 240 right now or 7gpt + 8 gold.
     
  7. Chum

    Chum King

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    Interesting. Might be a speed thing. It's 8gpt on quick, but 210 lump sum, which simultaneously means that resources are both more expensive and cheaper on quick than on standard. 8gpt is obviously better than 7gpt, especially considering you can keep that trade going indefinitely, so 25 vs 30 turns doesn't matter. I don't care enough to play a standard game long enough to find an AI other than Alexander to trade with.

    So, you may be right.
     
  8. Browd

    Browd Dilettante Administrator

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    Yeah, quick vs. standard explains the confusion.
     

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